Joyce M. Bell “beloved mother, grandmother, and sister”
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---Joyce M. Bell, 90, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.
Born on Saturday, November 26, 1932 in Cross Fork, she was a daughter of Benjamin and Pauline Campbell Madison. On August 27, 1950 in Shinglehouse, she married Donald F. Bell, who passed away on December 20, 1996.
She graduated from Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1950. Joyce was employed for many years at the bank in Shinglehouse, having been there through many transitions of bank ownership. Her positions included being a customer service representative, loan secretary, community office manager, and was also the assistant vice president and community office manager for the Shinglehouse Office of Commonwealth Bank. The last entity she worked for was Northwest, where she retired as the bank manager.
Joyce was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, where she served as choir director for many years as well as being involved in a multitude of church offices and activities throughout the years. She was a leader of the Women’s Circle One of the church and led many Bible studies. She was a member of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association, having served as secretary/treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the former Charles Cole Neighborhood Board in Shinglehouse. Joyce was a member of the former Shinglehouse Lion’s Club and was involved with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts throughout the years with her children. She was a member of the Olean Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, a member of the Private Industry Council, and a former member of the IU9 Authority. Joyce was known for her quilting skills. She enjoyed singing, knitting and gardening.
Left to cherish her memory are four children, Steven R. (Cynthia) Bell of Shinglehouse, Ann L. (Jack) Getkin of Pittsburgh, Penny L. Bell of Denton, Texas, and Chris A. (Ann) Bell of Shinglehouse; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Kemp of Conway, SC; and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents and husband.
Family and friends may call from 10am to 11am on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, North Lincoln Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with Pastor Preston Hutchins, Jr.,of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, and Pastor Clint Pearsall of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, co-officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Joyce entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, light a candle, or share a fond memory of Joyce, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.